Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Details



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CDS exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for providing job into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy fields. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are taken in the month of February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are able to apply for this exam. The Services Selection Board (SSB) will grant Academies to the successful candidates after the procedure of an interview .

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Eligibility:

Male candidates can apply for IMA, AFA, NA and OTA posts and female candidates can apply only for OTA post. The education qualification required for applying in CDS is as follows:

  • AFA: Those who want to apply for Air force academy should have Physics and Mathematics subject at 10+2 level along with a degree from recognized university or bachelor degree in engineering /technology. Women candidates can not apply for Air force academy.

  • IMA: Candidate applying for Indian military academy must have a degree from recognized university.

  • NA: Candidate applying for Indian naval academy should have engineering degree from any recognized university or institute.

  • OTA: Both male and female candidate can apply for Officers training academy. They must have degree to qualify for minimum educational qualification required to fill application form.


Age Limit :

The age limits to apply for this exam are mentioned below:

19-24 Years Indian Military Academy

19-22 Years Naval Academy

19-23 Years Air Force Academy

19-25 Years Officers' Training Academy


How to apply

Candidates are required to apply On-line using the link www.upsconline.nic.in . full description and instructions for filling up Online Applications form are available on the above mentioned website.

It is advised to submit only one application form by per candidate if any candidate submit another/multiple forms then only that form will be accepted which is complete in all manner like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be accepted by the commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

All candidates who are already in Government Service including candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications online direct to the Commission.


What is the selection procedure for entrance in CDS courses?

This Competitive examination consists of two steps: -

i) Written Examination

ii) Interview for intelligence and personality test

1. Written Examination:

The subjects of the written examination, the time duration and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Sl. No.

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1

English

2 hours    100

100

2

General Knowledge

2 hours    100

100

3

Elementary Mathematics

2 hours    100

100

 

(b) For Admission to Officers' Training Academy

Sl. No.

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1

English

2 hours

100

2

General Knowledge

2 hours

100







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